Did anyone ever use Kwik-Poly that the vendors sell? I was told it was good for dried and cracked spokes I know I need new wheel spokes but right now it is going to be a while before the TT will be road worthy and now I just need it to be a roller.
Eugene, I have used Kwik-Poly for years. You can almost say it is a miracle in a can. I have saved a lot of original Model T wood with it. That said, I would never ever use it to repair rotted wheel spokes. It definitely does not have that kind of strength. I have used it to tighten loose spokes as a temporary fix, that should be revisited once a year depending on how much you drive. I have a friend that used it to repair dry rotted spokes. I won’t ride in his car!
The spokes are not rotten, just cracked and dry, I was hoping to keep water out, they seam to be strong other wise
Kwik-Poly!...and all these years I thought it was a very fast parrot!
I used Kwik-Poly on the rear wood strip where the top attaches, on my Touring, and also on the wood tack frame under the front seat cushion. Both areas were riddled with nail holes, and without repair, would have been useless. It worked much better that glue or epoxy because I could brush it into small cracks, and it was very fluid before setting up. The results were great, and I keep some for other new projects. However, I don't think I would ever use it on spokes. For me, dried, cracked spokes demand only one remedy... replacement.
Cracked & dry usually does not equal "strong". Kwik-Poly is good stuff. Lots of people use it for spokes. I have, many years ago, and I can tell you, it doesn't last and I wouldn't do it again. I will say, I didn't do it because the spokes were weathered, but because they were loose and creaking.
Can you show some pictures of your spokes?
Wow! This thread is taking me back. Harold Bowden was a member of the Model T club in St. Louis and was the man who introduced Kwik-Poly to the old car hobby. This was his obituary in our club newsletter.
Eugene states that he just needs the wheels to use as "rollers" until he restores the car. In this use, I would use Kwik-Poly, as apparently, the storage is subject to some weather. Just don't let anyone think the wheels are sound for driving around!
You're correct, I missed the latter part of his posting.
If you just want to keep water out and preserve what you already have, I'd suggest soaking the spokes with Thompson's Water Seal. Much cheaper than Kwik-Poly and will do what you want. Kwik-Poly REALLY soaks into dried wood. You'd need a lot of it to do 4 wheels that are only going to be used as "rollers".
Hmm, not to be argumentative, as Jerry's right, the Kwik Poly isn't cheap and does soak in--one of it's unique properties, but Thompson's is (or was) mostly silicone--and I wouldn't have such a product anywhere near my shop or cars--it makes painting a real pain!
I have used Kwik Poly for various wood repairs, mostly on my boat and house. I cures in a matter of seconds so you have to be kwik. I extend the cure time by keeping both the bottles in the freezer. It also extends the shelf time.
Didn't know that about Thompsons. Maybe another brand is better? Could probably even just use linseed oil.